IPL 2021: Kishan, Coulter-Nile power Mumbai to 8-wicket win, keep playoff hopes alive
Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians playing a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Sharjah, UAE, on October 5, 2021.BCCI/IPL

IPL 2021: Kishan, Coulter-Nile power Mumbai to 8-wicket win, keep playoff hopes alive

Sharjah, October 5, 2021

Sensational bowling performances by Nathan Coulter-Nile (4/14) and James Neesham (3/12), followed by a spectacular fifty by Ishan Kishan (50 off 25) powered Mumbai Indians to an 8-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the 51st match of the IPL 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.

The victory kept the defending champions alive in the qualification race for the playoffs.

Mumbai, five-time champions, who were tied on 10 points with Rajasthan and Punjab Kings before this game, are now level with KKR on 12 points but are a place below them in the 5th spot due to an inferior net run-rate.

Chasing a paltry target of 91 for victory, Mumbai were given a blistering start by their openers. Rohit Sharma smashed 22 of 13 balls before being dismissed by Chetan Sakariya.

However, Sharma's wicket did not hamper Mumbai's progress as Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav continued the onslaught to take MI to 56/2 after 6 overs. Mutafizur Rahman dismissed Yadav for 13 but it was too late for RR.

Eventually, an unbeaten 25-ball 50 from Kishan and Hardik Pandya (5) guided MI to an 8-wicket win in 8.2 overs to go up to 12 points and more importantly improve their net run-rate to -0.048. This was also the biggest victory for MI in terms of balls left (70).

Earlier, openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave Rajasthan Royals a flying start. The duo hit multiple boundaries and took Rajasthan to 26/0 after three overs.

However, Mumbai fought back with quick wickets. Coulter-Nile gave his team the breakthrough as he dismissed Jaiswal for 12. Jaiswal looked to cut a wide delivery short outside off stump but ended up nicking it to keeper Kishan.

Jasprit Bumrah then removed the dangerous Evin Lewis (24 off 19 balls), leaving Rajasthan struggling at 41/2 in 5.3 overs.

James Neesham, playing his first match of UAE leg of IPL 2020, then struck on his very first ball to get rid of Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson (3). A few overs later, the Kiwi all-rounder grabbed his second wicket of the game as he dismissed Shivam Dube (3), who dragged a full and wide delivery outside off stump onto the stumps.

Thereafter, Rajasthan kept on losing wickets one after another and struggled to score all throughout the innings.

All the batters -- Glenn Phillips (4), David Miller (15), Rahul Tewatia (12), Shreyas Gopal (0), Chetan Sakariya (6) -- who came to bat next couldn't get going and got out cheaply.

In the end, Rajasthan somehow managed to post a total of 90/9 in 20 overs. This was the lowest total at Sharjah in IPL history and the lowest for RR this season.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan Royals 90-9 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 24 off 19, D Miller 15; Nathan Coulter-Nile 4/14 and James Neesham 3/12 ) lost to Mumbai Indians 94 for 2 in 8.2 overs (Ishan Kishan 50 off 25, R Sharma 22; Mustafizur Rahman 1/32 ).

IANS

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